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Biographical entry Friedel, Margaret Hilda

Rangeland Ecologist


Margaret Friedel is known for her expertise on the ecology of Australian rangelands and collaborative research with landholders and communities, and is widely cited for her work on the concept of ecosystem thresholds. She joined CSIRO in Alice Springs in 1974 as an ecologist working on rangelands pasture production systems, later broadening her interests to include rangeland ecology and management, especially vegetation dynamics and fire management, landscape rehabilitation, and community-based solutions for land-use planning. Friedel has been involved in collaborative projects in Africa and India.



Education - BSc, University of Melbourne
Education - PhD, University of Melbourne
1974 - 2002
Career position - Ecologist, CSIRO, Alice Springs, Northern Territory
Education - DipEd, Murdoch University
1981 - 1982
Career position - President, Australian Rangeland Society
1985 - 1986
Career position - Research Fellow, South African Department of Agriculture and Water Supply
1988 - 1995
Career position - Chair of Publications Committee, Australian Rangelands Society
1994 - 1996
Career position - Member, State of the Environment Land Resources Reference Group, Commonwealth Government
1995 - 1999
Career position - Chair, International Continuing Committee for Rangeland Congresses
Award - Outstanding Achievement Award, Society for Rangeland Management, U.S.A.
Career event - Contributing author, Working Group II "Impacts, Adaptations and Mitigation of Climate Change: Scientific-Technical Analyses", Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Second Assessment Report
2002 - 2009
Career position - Officer-in-Charge, Alice Springs Laboratories, CSIRO
Award - Australian Public Service Medal for outstanding public service in the field of arid zone research
Award - Desert Knowledge Research Award, Desert Knowledge CRC
2010 -
Career position - Honorary Fellow, CSIRO, Alice Springs
Life event - Retired
2014 -
Career position - Professorial Fellow, Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods, Charles Darwin University, Alice Springs
2017 -
Award - Fellow, Australian Rangeland Society

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  • Box, Thad, 'A conservation with Margaret Friedel', Rangelands, 30 (2) (2008), 33-5. Details
  • Byrne, Margaret, Broadhurst, Linda, Leishman, Michelle and Belov, Kathy, 'Women in conservation science making a difference', Pacific Conservation Biology, 24 (1) (2018), 6, Details

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